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Long‐term coevolution between avian brood parasites and their hosts
  • M. Soler
  • Biology, Medicine
    Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical…
  • 1 August 2014
TLDR
A model suggests that as an increasing number of species acquire successful resistance, other unparasitized host species become more profitable and their parasitism rate and the costs imposed by brood parasitism at the population level will increase, selecting for the evolution of host defences.
Nest building, sexual selection and parental investment
TLDR
The ‘good parent’ process is tested in a scenario where nest size is a sexually selected trait and it is predicted that individuals with more extreme displays (larger nests) might obtain benefits in terms of either parental investment or differential parental investment by the partner.
Trade-off between immunocompetence and growth in magpies: an experimental study
TLDR
Surprisingly, it is found that control and experimental nestlings fledged with similar body mass, size and condition, but experimental Nestlings suffered less from blood parasites and had fewer lymphocytes than control nestlings, suggesting a negative effect of blood parasites or other pathogens on nestling growth.
Does the great spotted cuckoo choose magpie hosts according to their parenting ability?
TLDR
The probability of survival of the parasite chicks increased if cuckoo eggs were laid in the nests of high-quality hosts originally chosen by the parasite.
Food acquisition by common cuckoo chicks in rufous bush robin nests and the advantage of eviction behaviour
TLDR
It is suggested that cuckoo chicks could not outcompete host chicks, at least when parasitizing this host species, and thus that their eviction behaviour is beneficial.
GENETIC AND GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION IN REJECTION BEHAVIOR OF CUCKOO EGGS BY EUROPEAN MAGPIE POPULATIONS: AN EXPERIMENTAL TEST OF REJECTER‐GENE FLOW
TLDR
Differences in rejection rates of mimetic and nonmimetic model eggs that suggest the egg‐recognition ability of the host is genetically based, but is affected by a learning process for fine tuning of recognition are discussed.
Spatial patterns of egg laying and multiple parasitism in a brood parasite: a non-territorial system in the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)
TLDR
It is argued that the need for very large laying areas and the likely small cost of sharing parental care for chicks make the costs of defending territories higher than the benefits, which has constrained the evolution of territoriality in this species.
The function of stone carrying in the black wheatear, Oenanthe leucura
TLDR
Stone carrying in the black wheatear can be considered a post-mating but prenesting sexual display which allows adjustment of reproductive effort by females to the parental and/or phenotypic quality of partners.
Breeding Strategy and Begging Intensity: Influences on Food Delivery by Parents and Host Selection by Parasitic Cuckoos
TLDR
In species with brood reduction (brood-reducers) some nestlings starve, but in species that adjust clutch size (clutch-size adjusters) all nestlings typically survive to fledge, suggesting that parents adopting these strategies may follow different provisioning rules.
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